Category Archives: Environment

Lake Erie under threat from New York State permits for wind project

WI070625_151.tifCleanwater Wind LLC received approval on March 10, 2020 from New York  state to place a data buoy in Lake Erie for its proposed offshore project.  The wind  developer is just one of many who are pushing for regulatory approvals for offshore wind turbines to be placed in our Great Lakes.  The Great Lake ecosystem are the location for globally significant flyways, freshwater marine life and home to one of the largest human populations in North America on the adjacent shores.

Health Hazard Investigation of Contaminated Water Wells claimed due to Wind Turbine Operations is a GO

99.1 FM CKXS|March 6, 2020

McNaughton Committed to Health Hazard Investigation

Monte McNaughton says he’s committed to the promised health hazard investigation into contaminated water wells in Chatham-Kent.

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MPP Monte McNaughton

The Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP says it was a government commitment and things are moving forward.

“The RFP process is happening as we speak to hire an independent company to do the water well testing,” McNaughton says. “This is an independent body, five scientists including a local geologist.”

McNaughton says as many as 200 home owners should be contacted in the next four months…….

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“The government first announced it would be launching a health hazard investigation last July, but residents who’ve been dealing with dirty well water for years say they haven’t heard a peep since then.”

Wind Power & a Political Blind Date

Will wind turbine debate blow ill will on TVO’s “Political Blind Date”?

Published on: February 19, 2020|By: Frances Learment

A Port Elgin couple who allege the Unifor wind turbine in Port Elgin triggered debilitating health issues that forced them to move will be part of the debate Feb. 25 on TVO’s “Political Blind Date” featuring PC MPP Bill Walker (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound) and Associate Minister for Energy, and Peter Tabuns, NDP MPP (Toronto-Danforth) who will debate hydro pricing and energy policies. SHORELINE BEACON FILE PHOTO

A Port Elgin couple who allege the Unifor wind turbine in Port Elgin caused a long list of debilitating health issues will be part of the conversation Feb. 25 on TVO’s “Political Blind Date.”

The edition features Bill Walker, PC MPP (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound) – who has called for a moratorium on new wind power development – and Associate Minister for Energy, and Peter Tabuns, NDP MPP (Toronto-Danforth) and the debate will include hydro rates, energy policies, and community windmills…..


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The turbine debate edition airs Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. After that date the episode will be available at;

 

CCSAGE v ONTARIO(Attorney General)

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The County Coalition for Safe Appropriate Green Energy (CCSAGE-Naturally Green) will be in Court in Picton, Ontario to argue for its motions for a constitutional challenge of the Green Energy Act on Friday, January 17th at 10am.

Motions are usually argued in a small courtroom on the ground floor. If enough CCSAGE observers are present, we will ask the court to move the hearing to the larger courtroom.

The Attorney General (AG) has served a motion to strike the application in its entirety. The AG is trying to demonstrate that CCSAGE has no basis recognizable at law for its claim and thus no right to pursue the application. CCSAGE is asking for support on its day in court.  If the motion is successful, CCSAGE will be barred from pursuing its claims further.

WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY.  Justice and Remedy are demanded!

Show your support for a Constitutional Challenge of the Green Energy Act brought by CCSAGE against Ontario by being in attendance at the hearing.

(Contact CCSAGE directly with further questions)

Some Background on Legal Action

 

Santa Goes Green

Parents raising objections after a children’s Christmas concert was used to pursue the “green” agenda.    Look closely at Green Santa’s wish list which includes wind power.

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Green Santa’s wish list…

CBC|By Morgan Modjeski| December 22, 2019

School division apologizes after Christmas concert deemed ‘anti-oil’

‘No political agenda,’ board of trustees chair says after parents raise concerns about Thursday concert

A Saskatchewan school division has apologized after parents raised concerns a Christmas concert last week had an anti-oil agenda.

On Thursday, the Oxbow Prairie Horizons School’s annual concert featured a show titled: “Santa Goes Green.”

This didn’t sit will with some audience members, as Oxbow is a community where a good number of workers are in the mining and resource industries. In fact, the town’s logo prominently contains a pumpjack.

Mike Gunderman, whose daughter was in the show, took to Facebook to express his concerns about the play, saying the concert was a “kick in the groin” to anyone working in the struggling oil industry. The post has since been shared more than 650 times….

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Mike Gunderman

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I’m just gonna say it, but the kids school Christmas concert last night at Oxbow was the most “un”-Christmassy thing i have seen. It was a green Christmas theme, with all the words to the Christmas carols changed to support the green agenda, and don’t use the pumps, and keep the oil in the ground, while they danced around wearing green plastic hats from the dollar store. Considering the state of our industry, it was a kick in the groin to those who are employed by it. Not the kids fault…they smiled and sang and had fun, and the audience was respectful and applauded, but jaw dropping, and hypocritical of the school to allow that, considering all the diesel school buses and all the financial support the school gets from oil industry related people & businesses.

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Nation Rise Wind Cancelled

The fight is far from over and ongoing.  Wind Warriors have had some welcomed news with the cancellation of Nation Rise.

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Construction dust from chemicals used to stabilized an access road for Nation Rise wind that triggered complaints

Seaway News|by Nick Seebruch| December 10, 2019

December 10, 2019

Province cancels North Stormont wind project

NORTH STORMONT, Ontario – Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek has cancelled a controversial wind farm project in North Stormont.

The nearly complete Nation Rise Wind Farm would have seen 29 turbines producing wind energy once completed, but Yurek has chosen to cancel the project out of concern for the local bat population.

“It is the Minister’s belief that the project is likely to cause serious and irreversible harm to the local bat populations,” wrote Gary Wheeler, Communications Officer with the Ministry. “The Minister has directed ministry staff to review how harm to bats is assessed as part of the renewable energy approval process and related guidelines, and whether any changes might be necessary. Ontario is committed to ensuring that wind turbine facilities are constructed and operate in a way that is protective of human health and the environment.”

Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell had previously called for the cancellation of the project earlier in 2019.

“The Nation Rise Project, like many industrial wind farms across rural Ontario, was a project forced upon the people of North Stormont by the previous Wynne government.  The Liberal Government made it their mission to expand renewable energy at an unsustainable rate, resulting in unaffordable contracts for surplus power,” wrote McDonell in a Letter to the Editor.

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Minister’s Letter Revoking Approval of  Nation Rise 2019

I came here to dance

I came here to dance
I came here to dance

Min datter Anne M. Eieslands bidrag til Kvina kunstnarlags høstutstilling denne helgen og kommende uke. Følgende er en hilsen fra kunstneren til dere alle;

“Dedikert til alle vindkraftmotstandere som kjemper for landet jeg elsker og en spesiell takk til alle i gruppen “Nei til vindkraftverk på Frøya” og til Motvind Norge som har vært min hovedkilde for inspirasjon gjennom sitt fantastiske engasjement, utholdenhet og pågangsmot. Dere er utrolige!”

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Bildets tittel: “I came here to dance”

Translation:

My daughter Anne M. Iceland’s contribution to this weekend and the next week. The following is a greeting from the artist to all of you;

” dedicated to all the wind turbines who fight for the country I love and a special thank you to everyone in the group ” no to wind turbines on Freya ” and to headwind Norway who has been my main source of inspiration through its wonderful commitment, perseverance and courage. You guys are incredible!”

Please share 🙂

Image Title: “in come here to dance”

Source: Face Book posted November 17, 2019

Ireland fined over wind project mud slides

mud slideIreland fined €5m plus daily penalty of €15,000 over landslides at Galway wind farm

The fine relates to an incident which saw 50,000 fish killed in 2003.

November 12, 2019

THE EU’S COURT of Justice has fined the State €5m over its failure to comply with EU legislation that might have prevented landslides linked to the construction of a wind farm in the west of Ireland in 2003.

The penalty is set to increase further as EU’s top court set an additional daily fine of €15,000 until the Government achieves compliance with environmental legislation on assessing the impact of the wind farm Derrybrien, Co Galway.

The fine is due to the “seriousness and duration” of the failure to carry out an environmental impact assessment on the wind farm in the 11 years since a previous CJEU ruling on 3 July, 2008.

The legal action by the European Commission followed a massive landslide at Derrybrien on 16 October, 2003, when tonnes of peat were dislodged and polluted the Owendalulleegh River, resulting in the death of around 50,000 fish.

At the time Derrybrien was the country’s biggest-ever wind farm, and one of the largest in Europe, with 70 turbines. Its construction required the removal of large areas of forest and the extraction of peat up to a depth of 5.5 metres.

The European Commission said two investigations had concluded that the environmental disaster had been linked to the construction work on the wind farm.

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On those grounds, the Court (Grand Chamber) hereby:

1.      Declares that, by failing to take all measures necessary to comply with the judgment of 3 July 2008, Commission v Ireland (C215/06, EU:C:2008:380), Ireland has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 260(1) TFEU;

2.      Orders Ireland to pay the European Commission a lump sum in the amount of EUR 5 000 000;

3.      Orders Ireland to pay the Commission a periodic penalty payment of EUR 15 000 per day from the date of delivery of the present judgment until the date of compliance with the judgment of 3 July 2008, Commission v Ireland (C215/06, EU:C:2008:380);

4.      Orders Ireland to pay the costs.

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Niagara Wind’s 3rd Year

Niagara Wind had some visitors on a very cold wet fall day.   It has been 3 years since the project was activated.  The project is currently operating out of compliance with its renewable energy approval.  Left them some signs outside their office.   Thanks to all those who honked in support.